The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) and The National Anti-Doping Authority of Ghana (NADA-Ghana) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will ensure that Ghana is able to develop an anti-doping Program in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the related International Standards, and for ADAK to advise and to render consultations to NADA-Ghana.
The MoU provides a framework that will assist Ghana to have an established, independent anti-doping organization with adequate long-term resources and jurisdiction over anti-doping in its country.
The partnership will also guide Ghana on the steps required to be compliant to anti-doping rules as outlined by WADA.
Ghana will be able to develop a functioning anti-doping program with room for development to ensure compliance with the Code, including doping control, intelligence and investigations, education, results management panels with adequate competence that are operationally and/ or institutionally independent, as required by the Code.
While signing the MoU, Sarah Shibutse, ADAK’s Acting Chief Executive Officer noted that Kenya has made great strides in the fight against doping in sport and in the process many lessons and experiences have been learnt and that ADAK is more than willing to assist Ghana in establishing its National Anti-Doping Organization.
Dr. Nana Ayew Afriye, Chairman of the Select Committee on Health in the Ghanian Parliament and head of the Ghana delegation, observed that consultations with ADAK shall assist in the development of mutually agreeable approaches for strengthening the fight against doping in Ghana by establishing a fully functional and well-funded National Anti-Doping Organization.
At the end of the period, ADAK will identify critical issues and possible best practices to ensure NADA Ghana’s compliance with the Code. ADAK shall prepare a report to be shared with NADA-Ghana and WADA.